The Belzer Rebbe announced the founding of a new organization for former chareidim, both those who live a religious lifestyle and those who do not. This announcement was significant.
The new group’s goal is to embrace everyone who has chosen a different way of life from their parents rather than performing kiruv.
The new group, Ahavat Kedumim, will help keep the link with these people, address their issues, and support them in remaining connected to their families.
The campaign was inspired by a tragic incident involving a former Belzer chassid who committed himself after his family and the community severed their ties with him.
The tragedy was the impetus for the organization’s creation because the Rebbe realized that severing ties with people who abandon their religious practices in favor of new endeavors are not the answer.
Previously active chareidim welcomed the group with open arms. Galei Tzahal spoke with one of them, who stated, “We feel like we are in a dream; we received a true embrace from one of the great men of our generation.”
One of the organization’s founding members stated, “those who studied in chasidic institutions need to be cared for and loved unconditionally even after they decided not to keep mitzvos.”